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Women's Basketball Ends Season with Loss to Penn State Behrend in First Round of AMCC Tournament
02/22/2002

ERIE, PA — Senior Kate Costanzo scored 18 points and classmate Erin Phillips added 17 to lead No. 3 Penn State Behrend to a 75-63 win over No. 6 Frostburg State in the first round of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tournament Wednesday night at the Junker Center.

Frostburg State, which had lost to the Lions by 30 and 19 points in two regular-season meetings, held its own through much of the first half, trailing just 11-8 after a steal and layup by junior Kim Faust (Ambler, Pa./Upper Dublin) midway through the period.

The Bobcats then pulled to within four, 18-14, four minutes later on a layup by junior Christina Bleivik (Houston, Pa./Bartlett).

However, the Bobcats (8-18) committed seven of their 20 first-half turnovers during a 13-2 Penn State Behrend run and could not recover. The Lions led, 34-22, at the break.

Faust did her best to keep FSU in it to open the second half, scoring seven of the Bobcats' first 11 points.

Senior Liz Paesani (Oakland, Md./Southern Garrett) hit a jumper to make it a 40-33 contest with 14:53 to play, but Behrend opened a double-digit lead and made 6-of-10 free throws in the final four minutes to seal the victory.

Faust finished with a game-high 19 points and seven rebounds, while freshman Tracey Little (Cumberland, Md./Allegany) added 16 points and five boards.

Paesani was solid with six points and eight rebounds, but fouled out along with Faust and Little in the closing moments.

FSU held a 42-30 advantage on the glass but was hurt by 30 turnovers and 27 fouls. The Bobcats also hit 27-of-58 field goals to 25-of-58 for Behrend; however, the Lions (14-12) shot 21-of-31 from the free throw line to just 7-of-12 for FSU.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780
E-mail: sportsinfo@frostburg.edu